SUVA, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has named Governor of U.S. state of California Jerry Brown as the Conference of Parties (COP23) special envoy for states and regions.
Brown would work intimately with the Fijian Presidency of COP23 to rally sub-national governments to align their policies and programs with the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the government said Wednesday on its Facebook page.
Bainimarama said Brown's long track record of advocacy on climate change was the basis for his decision to appoint the governor as special envoy.
"When I thought about the one leader I needed to help mobilise the states and regions as a critical pillar of our Grand Coalition, the choice was obvious. That is why I am particularly pleased to announce that I am today appointing Governor Brown as Special Envoy for States and Regions for the COP23 Presidency," he said.
Fiji has joined 175 jurisdictions representing 35 countries as part of the coalition, which seeks commitments from all signatories to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2050.